Sun | Dec 4, 2016

Charities laud SANTA for gift

Published:Wednesday | December 10, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Gloria Pusey (left) of the Laws Street Trade Training Centre receives a cheque from Nasha Douglas,Heineken brand manager, at the SANTA Charity Golf Tournament at Constant Spring Golf Club on Sunday. - Contributed

Shayne Fairman, Gleaner Writer

One of the island's premier charity events, the SANTA (Seeing A Need, Taking Action) Golf Tournament, raised J$2.16 million for six charities within the Corporate Area.

The annual event, which is held at Constant Spring Golf Club, had 200 golfers competing at its 14th staging last weekend.

Gregory Mayne clinched the overall winners' award on Sunday, after scoring 41 on Sunday. Mayne walked away with the Facey Cup, among other prizes.

"At SANTA, we are the best amateur golfers," Mayne said. "It's not about being national champions, but giving to a worthy cause."

He added that the tournament was organised to give back to less fortunate Jamaicans.

At Sunday's closing ceremony, the charity organisation presented cheques to a list of homes, with the Boys' Town Children's Home receiving $500,000. Similarly, the Wortley Home was awarded $500,000.

Keith Sangster, the chairman, expressed appreciation for the contribution.

"On behalf of Wortley Home, I want to express sincere appreciation for the work that SANTA and the Constant Spring Gold Club has done to help," he said.

The Laws Street Trade Training Centre was also presented with $500,000.

"The money is a tremendous gift to us," outlined sister Benedict Chung. "We appreciate it and thank the SANTA group for contributing."

Laud donors

The Mustard Seed Foundation was also presented with $500,000. Executive director, Darcy Tulloch-Williams, lauded the donors.

"SANTA has been very generous, they have been helping us for the last four years," she said. "This money will help us to offset some medication and food costs."

Peace and Love in Society (PALS) was presented with $100,000, and a further $60,000 was donated to the Jamaica Society for the Prevention and Cruelty to Animals (JSPCA).

Nigel Davey, chairman of the SANTA committee, expressed satisfaction, noting that all objectives were met.

"We met our targets and the participation and support was fantastic," he said.

Davey added that stakeholders were happy with SANTA's cha-ritable outreach and underscored that they are looking forward to a bigger and better event next year.